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Marine Corps commandant to assume post as WESCOM chief

Published: Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Marine Commandant Major General Rustico Guerrero will formally take over the leadership of the Western Command (WESCOM) on April 1 to replace the unified command’s retiring chief, LtGen Juancho M. Sabban.


Like his predecessor, Guerrero had also served as the commander of Task Force Comet, the military’s anti-terrorism unit based in Sulu, before being appointed commandant of the Marine Corps in August 2010.


The Asian Institute of Management-TeaM Energy Center for Bridging Leadership (CBL)-- an institution working on developing leaders to address societal divides in the Philippines, particularly in Mindanao, and the Asian region—in its website credited Guerrero for addressing poverty and unmet social and economic needs as among the key factors why insurgency thrives.


The marine officer’s profile made by the said institution in its site also said that “through Guerrero, the military had acknowledged the importance of working with others to solve the issue of peace and order” and quoted him saying “We are not the solution. It is everybody’s concern, all the stakeholders.”


He is a member of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Class 1981 and had finished his Masters of Military Study and Command and Staff Course in Marine Corps University in Quantico, Virginia, USA.


Guerrero had also already been assigned in Central and Western Mindanao, Central Luzon and the General Headquarters of the Armed Forces of the Philippines where he held key positions.


He had been the commander of the 1st Marine Brigade stationed in Basilan, superintendent of the Marines Corps Training Center, Chief of Staff of the marines and chief of the Plans and Policy Division of the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Education and Training.


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